SAVS Weekly Update – Week Ending Friday 26th May 2017

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Upcoming Thematic Groups at SAVS – book your free place now!

‘Loneliness and the effects of befriending’ – Older People’s Thematic 
Monday 5th June – 10am -12noon

The older peoples thematic is one of our new one’s as part of our target audience focus thematics.  This one if for those of you that work or volunteer with older people. We are delighted to have Lin Boulter from Age Concern Southend will be talking about loneliness, and the positive effect befriending can make.
To book your place please register on the following link

‘Dying Matters’  – Carers Thematic – Tuesday 13th June – 1-4pm

In our 2nd Carers Thematic in partnership with the Southend Carers Consortium with will be focussing on Dying Matters and those potentially difficult conversations carers might need to have with loved ones. We have a packed afternoon, with speakers covering subjects such as wills, legal Power of Attorney, DNAR (do not attempt resuscitation) and advance directives. We will also have some discussion based around difficult conversations and all top of all this a showcase of organisations that support this area of work. To book your place on this event register on the following link

‘It’s not all a load of rubbish’ – Veolia Engagement Event – Wednesday 14th June – 12.30-3pm

The Council waste management provider Veolia are keen to engage with the local community to create a network for discussion and engagement, this event will be your opportunity to find out more about Veolia and the potential work and support they can provide to your organisation, association or the street you live in. The event will begin with a light lunch. To book your place register at the following link


Mental Health Networking Lunch

9 June 10am – 1.30pm at SAVS

This event is predominately for Voluntary Sector Organisations serving the borough of Southend-on-Sea.

The speaker for this event is: David Heath – Senior Pharmacist

Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust Pharmacy

David will demystify the different types of medicine used for mental health, their side effects, symptoms and how best to support your clients who take medications for their mental health.

Lunch and Light refreshments will be provided

Book here

Events and Meetings


26th May

ParkLives Southend is an exciting programme of fun and free activities that encourage young people and families, of all abilities, to get outdoors and make the most of Southend’s local parks, meet new people and enjoy new experiences.

The programme is led by the Council’s Sport and Leisure Team, with activities being delivered this year in both Southchurch and Chalkwell parks, from May until September, by experienced instructors from community sport and physical activity organisations.

The fun and informal sessions include activities such as Street Basketball, Parkour (Freerunning) Dodgeball and Rounders. What’s more, ParkLives Southend sessions don’t cost local young people and families a thing – every activity is FREE!

The action kicks off this Friday – 26th May – in Southchurch Park from 4:30pm until 6:30pm, where young people, families and ParkLives representatives will launch the start of the 16-week programme. Young people and families across the town are encouraged to come along with their friends on Friday, join in some dodgeball and rounders fun and get themselves signed up to take part in the sessions! We would love to see as many of you there with your young people, so please come along and show your support.

There are some exciting rewards and incentives on offer as part of the programme – so the more activities your young people do, the more rewards they earn!
Full timetable of events can be found here

Merry It Was To Laugh There – Extracts

Monday 29 May 2017 12 noon, 1pm & 2pm
Presented by Jubilant Productions
At Poppies: Wave, Gunners Park, Shoebury Garrison, Shoeburyness

Jubilant Productions are delighted to have been asked to reprise extracts from their critically acclaimed 2014 production, Merry It Was To Laugh There, as part of the free activities to accompany the Poppies: Wave sculpture by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper at Gunners Park in Shoebury. The sculpture is presented as part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies.

There will be three short performances on Monday 29 May at 12noon, 1pm and 2pm. There will also be performances on the final day of the Poppies sculpture, Sunday 25 June, at 25th June 3pm, 4pm and 5pm.

The extracts contain poems and diary readings. The poems are those from the Front by poets such as Siegfried Sassoon and Wilfred Owen, and the Home Front by women such as Jessie Pope and Frances Cornfield. Extracts from the diary of Captain K C Buchanan, an officer who served throughout the War, are a counterpoint to the poems in the poignant and thought-provoking short performances which are an evocative complement to the Poppies.

Casts will include Christine Absalom (Mercury Theatre, Home Front (BBC Radio 4), National Theatre), Ignatius Anthony (The Globe, Mercury Theatre, RSC), Tim Freeman (Mercury Theatre, Colchester) and 11-year-old Flora Easlea, performing her own poem about World War 1, written when she was just 9 and a student at West Leigh Junior School.

Poppies: Wave is part of 14-18 NOW’s UK-wide tour of the iconic poppies by artist Paul Cummins and designer Tom Piper. Poppies: Wave is from the installation, ‘Blood Swept Lands and Seas of Red’ – poppies and original concept by artist Paul Cummins and installation designed by Tom Piper – by Paul Cummins Ceramics Limited in conjunction with Historic Royal Palaces, originally at HM Tower of London in 2014. The sculpture will be at Barge Pier in Shoeburyness, until 25 June 2017.


Tuesday 30 May 7pm

Southend Charity Cup

4 June

A five-a-side football match to raise money for the Tram Stop Shelter in Southend. The match is open to all, no club affiliation needed, and all profits will go directly to the charity to help them transform the space they have along the seafront into a disability friendly community hub. We are still looking for more men’s and ladies teams and welcome businesses to enter, Nando’s have entered a team as have the Genting Club.

We also desperately need another volunteer ref or two and we are looking for raffle prizes.  More details on the website:

Rock For Havens Sake’

Sunday 11 June

Hosted by the Cliffs Pavilion in their Maritime Room between 12 noon and 10.00 pm.  The event is showcasing bands and artists from Essex performing all genres of music from prog rock to blues and jazz. Tickets are £10 with under fives going free. This is a family event and the Cliffs will be putting on a barbecue (extra charge) and other things to enhance the event. All money raised will go to Havens Hospices. I have attached a copy of the poster for your information.

Southend United Community Sports Trials

3 &10 June


6-9 June

By special arrangement with Her Majesty’s Government, the General Election has been
timed to coincide with this tale of chicanery and shenanigans in the Palace of Westminster!

Don’t miss the opportunity to see this production of Gilbert and Sullivan’s classic masterpiece.

Tickets available at the door or from only £10 in advance. / 0800-061-4325


Trustee training provided by Voluntary Sector Training

This one day course on 6th July is designed to support both novice and experienced trustees in providing effective governance within their organisations. It considers their roles and responsibilities in general before looking at particular areas in more detail. The course covers all the essential information and includes specific exercises and case studies to develop the participants’ problem-solving skills.
Read more and book >

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid courses provided by Fitness in Mind.
You can book at

If you have any questions please contact Fitness in Mind on:
Michael Barrett, Project Manager
Fitness In Mind Brentwood
01277 246 057


Funding bulletin for May

can be found here

Funding for the Provision, Maintenance and Improvement of Public Amenities Re-opens 31 May,

Deadline 5pm, 23 August 2017
WREN, a Land fill operator and Environmental Body has announced that its Community Fund will make grants of between £2,000 and £50,000 for the provision, maintenance or improvement of a public park or other public amenity in the vicinity of a landfill site. This could include improvements to a village hall or community centre; the provision of children’s play equipment in public open space; construction of footpaths and cycleways in a public park; and providing all-weather play surface for MUGA (multi use games area); etc. Applications are accepted for projects within 10 miles of a FCC Environment landfill site in WREN’s operating area. The fund is open to applications from not for profit organisations (with a formal constitution and a bank account) and Local Authorities. Visit for more information

Funding to Restore Neglected Historic Buildings

Deadline 15 June 2017
The Heritage Enterprise programme supports enterprising heritage organisations in rescuing neglected historic buildings and restoring them to viable productive use. Grants of between £100,000 and £5million will be awarded to meet conservation deficits i.e. where the existing value of the historic asset plus the cost of bringing it back into use is greater than the end value of the asset following development completion. Not for profit organisations, or partnerships led by such organisations can apply via a two stage process with Start-up grants also available for pre-application viability appraisals. Visit for more information.

Masonic Charitable Foundation Community Support Grants

Deadline 16 June 2017 / 3 July 2017
Registered charities can apply for funding available for projects to tackle financial hardship; improve the lives of those affected by poor physical and/or mental health and wellbeing; provide educational and employment opportunities for disadvantaged children and young people; and tackle social exclusion and disadvantage. Charities can apply for large grants of £5,000 and above or for small grants of between £500 – £5,000. If applying for a Large Grant, applicants must first submit a Grant Enquiry Form at least two weeks prior to the large grant application deadline. Visit for more information.

Lloyds Bank Foundation Announces Next Funding Round for its “Invest” Programme

Deadline 16 June 2017
The Lloyds Bank Foundation for England & Wales, which provides funding to charities for projects to help people break their cycle of disadvantage, has announced that its “Invest” grants programme will re-open for applications on the 22nd May 2017 and will close on the 16th June 2017. Invest” is a flexible, long term core funding programme for charities helping disadvantaged people. Invest grants are from £10,000 up to maximum of £25,000 per year for two or three years, with the opportunity for continuation funding for a further period – up to six years in total. Invest grants fund core running costs such as rent, heating, lighting and management costs etc, as well as project delivery costs such as salaries, recruitment, volunteer expense and training, etc. The Foundation also runs a smaller “Enable” programme which provides grants of up to £15,000 for up to 2 years for activities relating to organisational development such as leadership and governance, improved systems and demonstrating outcomes. Applications to the “Enable” programme can be made at any time. Visit for more information.

War Memorials Grant Scheme

Deadline 30 June 2017
The War Memorials Trust is providing grants for the repair and conservation of free-standing war memorials in England. These grants are intended to help those who are responsible for the upkeep of war memorials. The grants support the care and preservation of war memorials to a high standard, and to prevent the decay of this important part of our built heritage. Grants will normally be for up to a maximum of 75% of eligible costs, with a maximum grant of £30,000. Visit for more information.

Funding for Project that Support Disabled and Sick Young People

Deadline 5.30pm, 25 July 2017
Registered Charities that work with young people with disabilities; or are in hospital or those who are life limited (requiring palliative care); can apply for grants of up to £30,000 per year for up to two years through the DM Thomas Foundation for Young People Central Grants Programme. Grants are awarded on a quarterly basis and there is approximately £200,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £5,000 can be approved by the Director; up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. Visit for more information.

Funding to Regenerate Historic Buildings

Deadline 16 August 2017
The Architectural Heritage Fund (AHF) supports the conservation and regeneration of historic buildings. Charities, not for profit companies, CICs, Parish and Town councils can apply for funding to assist with the costs of developing and co-ordinating a project which helps to find a sustainable use for an historic building and takes it towards the start of work on site. The AHF also makes Project Viability Grants (PVG) of up to £5,000 to fund studies to look at potential uses for a building and at its current condition. Applications to the Project Viability grants as well as Project Development grants of up to £5,000 can be submitted at any time. Visit for more information.

Sport England to Launch New Families Fund

Deadline 3pm, 17 August 2017
The aim of the fund will be to offer new opportunities for families with children to do sport and physical activity together. A particular focus will be to support parents on low incomes with children aged 5-15 living in areas of high deprivation; and to make sure their children have positive experiences of sport and physical activity. Sport England will be seeking applications from organisations, both sporting and non-sporting, who understand children and families and have a proven track record of working with them.  Visit for more information.

Postcode Community Trust

Deadline 18 August 2017
Postcode Community Trust will re-open for applications to its grants programme on the 1st August 2017. Through its grants programme, the Trust will provide grants of £500 – £20,000 (£10,000 in Wales) for projects that benefit communities through grass-roots sports, arts and recreation programmes and healthy living initiatives that improve a community’s physical and mental health. Funding is available to registered charities, voluntary organisations, community interest companies and social enterprises. Visit for more information.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Deadline 1 September 2017
Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible to apply the applicant organisations should be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care. Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases. Visit for more information.

Jean Sainsbury Animal Welfare Trust

Deadline 1 September 2017
Charities registered in the UK and working to offer sanctuary, rehoming and rehabilitation to animals in the UK and/or internationally can apply. The maximum funding available is £35,000 and to be eligible to apply the applicant organisations should be a UK registered charity; have independently examined up to date annual accounts and an active re-homing and rehabilitation policy for animals taken into care. Organisations involved with conservation of wildlife, the rescue, rehabilitation and (where possible) release of animals are also eligible to apply. The funding can be used for general running costs or capital purchases. Visit for more information.

Funding for Projects that Support Women and Girls

Deadline 30 September 2017
Funding of up to £15,000 is available for projects within the UK and internationally that support and transform the lives of women. For 2017 and 2018 priority will be given to projects that promote lesbian and transgender rights; tackle violence against women and girls and support disabled women and girls. The funding is being made available through the Feminist Review Trust who are particularly interested in applications for hard to fund projects. Projects previously supported include a grant of £5,000 to support the setting up of an Eastern European Women’s Support Group and volunteering programme, in the Southend and Castle Point Boroughs of Essex and a grant of £6,000 to support Syrian women, girls aged 12+ and other Arabic speaking clients in Edinburgh. Visit for more information.

Women Make Music Grant Scheme

Deadline 2 October 2017
Women songwriters, composers, artists, bands and performers who are writing their own music can apply for grants of up to £5,000. The funding is available to support the creation, performance and promotion of new music; to enable the UK’s most talented female music creators to realise their potential; and to inspire audiences. The funding is available for the creation of new music in any genre, including, Classical; Jazz; Experimental; Urban; Electronica; and Pop; etc. Please note that PRS no longer funds organisations through Women Make Music. Visit for more information.

Grants for Places of Worship

The Heritage Lottery (HLF) Fund has grants of £10,000-£250,000 available for Grade I and Grade II listed places of worship in England to fund urgent structural repairs and help to make them better places for everyone to visit. As part of the repair project, HLF can also fund improvements to facilities and work that helps more people get involved with these buildings. Applications go through a two-round process so applicants can apply at an early project stage and get an idea of whether they’re likely to receive a grant. Visit for more information.

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Family Grants (UK)

Roald Dahl’s Marvellous Children’s Charity awards Marvellous Family Grants of up to £500 to families facing financial hardship while caring for a child with a serious illness. Aiming to provide support to help families cope, grants can cover a wide range of costs from respite breaks and counselling to hospital travel expenses. Applications must be made on behalf of the family by a healthcare professional, social services, health visitors, or grant coordinators within an organisation. All grant requests are assessed monthly on the third Friday of the month and applications need to be submitted by 5pm on the third Thursday of the month. Successful applicants are usually notified within two weeks of the assessment. Visit for more information.

Funding for Community Youth Projects

Telecoms provider O2 “Think Big with O2” youth programme supports young people in the UK (aged between 13 and 25) who want to use digital technology to make positive changes to their communities. Initially funding of £300 is available to get projects off the ground. Projects need to be completed within six months. The programme is open to individuals and groups of young people and the money can be used to cover project related costs such as materials & equipment; cost of renting space; transportation; and advertising, etc. If the project is completed successfully young people may be invited to apply for the second level of the programme –Think Bigger where O2 provides funding of up to £2500. Visit for more information.

Contract Opportunity

Bidder information day – Southend-on-Sea Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Early Intervention, Treatment & Recovery System

Southend Drug and Alcohol Commissioning Team (Southend DACT), on behalf of Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, are seeking views from key stakeholders about the drug and alcohol prevention, treatment and recovery system it should commission across the Borough from December 2017. Following on from our consultation and information days we’ve held previously for the Southend-on-Sea Drug & Alcohol Prevention, Early Intervention, Treatment & Recovery System, the decision has been reached that Southend-on-Sea Borough Council will only be tendering for the provision of adult drug and alcohol services at this stage. We will be holding a bidders information day and this session will provide an opportunity for the Council to present the proposed service model and gather feedback from the market. Providers will have an opportunity to propose solutions for innovative service delivery and ask questions about the tender process.

The bidders information day will be held in on Thursday 1st June 2017, at 10am in Committee Room 1 at Southend-on-Sea Borough Council, Civic Centre, Victoria Avenue, Southend-on-Sea, Essex. Due to the delays in publishing the tender, our proposed new indicative timetable is:
Place Advert on OJEU – 7th June 2017
Tender submission deadline – 27th July 2017
Tender evaluation ends – 25th September 2017
Contract Start Date – 1st December 2017

To attend the event, or if you would like to be kept informed of the discussions on the day please email Please note that space is limited, so would ask that you send a maximum of two (2) delegates per organisation.


Volunteer Centre Coordinator

37 hours per week
Salary:  NJC Point 29 – 31 (£25,951 to £27,668) per annum

Southend Association of Voluntary Services is looking for an enthusiastic person to play a key role within the organisation as the Coordinator of the Volunteer Centre.

Based in our offices in Alexandra Street, Southend, the role is to:

  • Promote volunteering and good practice amongst voluntary organisations in Southend
  • Manage the day to day running of the Volunteer Centre in accordance with core values and principles of Volunteer Essex
  • Promote volunteering widely throughout Southend using a range of methods eg presentations, forums, media and events

The successful candidate will have at least two years experience of working in the voluntary and community sector as either a volunteer or paid member of staff.

For a full application pack please e-mail Julie Newman at:

Please note we do not accept CV’s.

Details can also be downloaded from our website (from Wednesday 24 May 2017):

Closing date for applications:  9am on Wednesday 7th June 2017
Interview Date:  Thursday 15th June 2017

If you have not been contacted by us prior to the interview date, then unfortunately your application has been unsuccessful.

This post is subject to a DBS check

Family Support Adviser

FTE Salary: £23,166 – £24,717
Hours:  25-37 per week (flexible)
An exciting opportunity has arisen for an experienced practitioner to join our valued team, to provide quality information, advice and practical/emotional support to families/young people including disability related benefits, education and reforms, health and social care.
The ideal candidate will be committed to helping families at the most challenging of times, supporting families with warmth and empathy, whilst maintaining a calm and professional approach.  They should have previous family support experience in either a health, education, social care or third sector setting, together with a good understanding of the statutory entitlements for health related benefits and educational support.

Saturday Activity  Club Co-Ordinator

Annualised contract up to 220 hours per annum
Core working hours Saturday 3pm to 6pm, across c44 weeks (flexible)
Salary:  £9.30 per hour
We require a Saturday Co-ordinator for our popular Activity Club for families of children/young people with SEND based in Chelmsford.  The ideal candidate will be able to organise, attend, prepare, facilitate and regularly engage with children and young people (with support from volunteers and specialist coaches) and their parent/carers to provide a rewarding and stimulating experience for all.  Relevant qualifications in Childcare or equivalent.  Knowledge and experience of working with vulnerable and disadvantaged groups, preferable in the not for profit sector, with a genuine interest in the issues that face disabled children, young people and their families.

To apply please complete the application form in the attached packs or visit our website and download the application packs:
Closing date for both roles:  3pm on the 5th June 2017
Interviews to be held:  Week commencing 12th June 2017

When completing the application form, please ensure that you read all the relevant information provided.

Data Analyst

Salary Grade Point: 26 – 28 starting at £23,398 rising incrementally to £24,964 pa pro rata
Location: Southend-on-Sea   Contract type: Permanent Part –time 5 days per week (3 hours per day)
HARP is a Southend-on-Sea charity working to prevent homelessness and help vulnerable and socially excluded people to transform their lives. Each day our staff work with individuals to tackle the underlying causes of homelessness, such as poor mental health or drug and alcohol dependency. From supporting people in crisis to helping them take the final steps towards independence and employment, we make a difference to over 1,000 lives every year.
We are looking for an experienced and enthusiastic individual to join the team to help measure HARP’s impact in reducing homelessness in the Southend on Sea area.
This opportunity is for a highly motivated individual to take the lead in designing, managing and improving our data recording systems and processes to ensure we can measure and demonstrate our effectiveness.

To be considered for this role you will be educated to degree level with a strong analytical component, as well as experience of working within a statistical analytical environment.  You will have excellent analytical skills with the ability to work on your own initiative and as part of a team.

HARP will provide you with excellent support and training to carry out your role effectively, and to develop your career. Our starting benefits package includes 25 days annual leave pro rata, plus Bank Holidays, a contributory pension scheme and the opportunity to work with colleagues that strive to transform lives.
If you would like to discuss this role further, please contact Genine Warner on 01702 426953.
If you are interested in this position the job description and person specification details the Technical and Professional knowledge required. This and the application form can be found on our website ( using the Jobs tab.

To apply, download an application from our website or contact: Clive Franceschi on 01702 615000

Closing date: 20th June 2017 (noon)
Shortlisting:   22nd June 2017
Interview date: 6th July 2017

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